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Beggar

Every support show or festival Beggar played during their career, they were the band that people left talking about. Be they halfway down a £10 all dayer in your grotty local, or gracing the stage at 2019’s Bloodstock, the common assertion was “Beggar were fucking ace”.

It took people a wee while to catch on, with Beggar starting life in Bristol in 2012 before resettling later in London, but the main point was, people are realised quickly what we now had; a band who stood out from the crowd whilst fully feeling at home in the crowd they stood out of.

A series of EP’s released from 2015 to 2017 - Shingles + House of Man, Caramel Cigarette and Chainscraper respectively - was what little we had to go on with pre-APF Beggar, and those releases left us begging for more Beggar; and we finally got a taste more with their first release on APF, the single 'Nine Atmospheres'. Masterfully able to flick that switch from crushing, to breathing space, back to an avalanche of volume again without a single sweat was second nature to these lads and it made for surprising diversity in their sporadic spattering of releases. 

In parts Bongzilla, in parts Kyuss; at points approaching the blackened and at others leaning towards blues; as a whole uniquely their own. Many a monolithically heavy band have injected a diversion into spacerock fantasy within an otherwise gut-wrenching collection of riffs, but few have done it quite as effortlessly as Beggar. With their debut LP, Compelled to Repeat [APF026], released Spring 2020, Beggar reached the pinnacle of their powers. Critical acclain and a much larger fanbase followed.

In 2022 Beggar went on hiatus. Charlie Davis went on to form Wasted Death, who are also on APF. Hopefully we will see more of Beggar one day.

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